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caption: Tiffany Smiley, Republican challenger of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, speaks to a crowd as primary election results come in on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah.
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Tiffany Smiley, Republican challenger of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, speaks to a crowd as primary election results come in on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tiffany Smiley concedes to Patty Murray in race for Senate

Republican Tiffany Smiley has conceded to Democrat Patty Murray in Washington's race for the U.S. Senate.

Smiley made the announcement via Twitter, Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, a day after initial election results came in.

"This race was never about me – it was about the amazing people of this state and I will never stop fighting and advocating for them," Smiley said.

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As of the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10, Sen. Murray had 57% of the vote to Smiley's 43%. The race between Murray and Smiley is being noted as the most expensive Senate race in state history, with Murray spending $20 million and Smiley spending $14 million.

Murray's win was largely delivered by Western Washington counties. She received 74% of the vote in King County, 58% in Snohomish County, 53% in Pierce County, and 60% in Kitsap.

caption: Washington's county results for the 2022 Senate race between Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley. Results as of Nov. 10, 2022.
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Washington's county results for the 2022 Senate race between Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley. Results as of Nov. 10, 2022.
Credit: Washington Secretary of State Office

Sen. Murray also tweeted Wednesday, saying that she will continue to fight in the Senate.

Murray was first elected to represent Washington state in the Senate in 1992. With her 2022 midterm win, she will move into to her sixth term.